By Jordan Green
TROY — Troy High School’s musical production of “Little Shop of Horrors” opens Friday, March 25, at 7 p.m.
The comedy takes place in 1961 in Skid Row, New York City where a blood-thirsty plant from space convinces a shop owner to do his bidding. As the plant grows, so too does the drama. Romance, disappearing dentists, and the unbridled appetite of a murderous, space plant drives the plot through a series of twists and turns sure to leave the audience thoroughly entertained.
Based on a 1986, Steve Martin film of the same name, this cult classic has since been adapted for Broadway and through months of labor is coming to Troy High School. Auditions were held in late December, and the cast has been working two to three hours per day and five days per week to bring the horror/comedy to life.
“Countless hours of effort have gone into this outside of rehearsals … but I just want [the audience] to have a good time. To create an experience for them,” said Director Eric Strope.
Troy senior Maggie Snee, who plays the lead role of Audrey, said, “I just feel really, really honored to be a part of it. It is so much hard work. It’s 10 weeks of doing everything that makes the show spectacular.”
Three show times are available: Friday, March 25 (7 p.m.), Saturday, March 26 (7 p.m.), and Sunday, March 27 (2 p.m.). Tickets are on sale now and are $10 for reserved seating and $8 for general admission. Student and senior citizen tickets are $5. Tickets can be purchased in the Troy High School main office during school hours. For more ticket information, call 937-332-6710. The program is rated PG-13, and parental discretion is advised.
Sunday’s show will have a sign-language interpreter for the hearing impaired.
From the ground up, this production is student lead with Troy High School students in the pit orchestra, running the lights, working the backstage crew, and of course, a student cast.
“It’s our job to teach the students to not need us and get them ready,” said Strope.
Finally, the students and the production are ready. Coming to a stage near you — the Troy High School Auditorium located at 151 W. Staunton Rd. — is “Little Shop of Horrors.”